Jolly Papa Interviews

Munit Mesfin

10 April 2019

Munit Mesfin is a DC-based Ethiopian singer/songwriter whose music is a refreshing synthesis of Ethiopian roots and the global perspective of having been raised around the world. Munit performed for many years with German guitarist Jorg in an Ethio-soul acoustic duo that was unique on the Addis scene. They recorded two albums and toured in […]

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Daniel Dzidzonu

20 March 2019

Daniel Dzidzonu is a Togolese trumpeter/composer with a mission to get #backtoauthenticity in African music. In particular he is at the vanguard of a new era Afrobeat movement currently spanning the globe. His compositions pay exquisite homage to heroes Hugh Masekela, Fela Kuti and Manu Dibango while injecting new themes and textures into the Afrobeat […]

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Reginald Cyntje

13 March 2019

DC jazz trombonist, composer, producer and educator Reginald Cyntje grew up on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He started playing in 7th grade, gravitating to the trombone for both its uniqueness as an instrument and its ubiquity in the island’s quelbe and calypso music. He absorbed everything he could, went on to advanced degrees in music, […]

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20 February 2019

Togolese singer/songwriter Akoeba has a passion for music that started very early in life. She began performing at the age of 5, joining with friends to form the group “Les Oiseaux du Monde” while living in Abidjan. When her family moved back to Togo at age 11 Akoeba joined another group, “Hot Girls,” singing and […]

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Joy A. Johnson

16 January 2019

Joy A. Johnson is an educator, author, business owner & beauty entrepreneur who overcame difficult life struggles with an abundance of positivity and hustle. After losing her white-collar job as a young mother, she took classes at the Small Business Development Center¬†to learn the inside game of running a successful enterprise. She opened her first […]

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Don Berto

9 January 2019

Don Berto is the chef-owner of Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine in Silver Spring, MD. His passion for authentic Haitian food, art and music are on rich display in his restaurant, which features curated art on the walls, a live world music series, jazz on Tuesdays, poetry, DJs, creole classes and of course excellent Haitian food. Don […]

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MC Chido

19 December 2018

DMV-based Nigerian musician MC Chido has spent the past decade building hella cred on the global afrobeats scene with his silky vocals, strong songcraft and fly videos. Splitting his time and production between Lagos and the US, Chido has worked with DJ Coublon on collaborations with heavies like J. Martins (“Skele”), Pardon C (“Ogogoro”) and […]

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Ishmael Osekre

24 October 2018

Ghanaian musician/entrepreneur and jack-of-all-trades Ishmael Osekre may be as he says, “just a boy from Kokomlemle,” but he’s been making cool stuff happen in the states for years.¬†Arriving in NYC for undergraduate school at Columbia with only $30 in his pocket Ishmael ran up against the harsh realities of financing a US education and had […]

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Zezeh Brazil

22 August 2018

Zezeh Brazil lives for samba. From a very young age she discovered samba peeking over her neighbor’s wall at their family gatherings, feeling the power of the rhythm, freedom of dance and the community spirit that infuses it all. She has spent her life immersed in that spirit and since settling in the area years […]

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Ateya Ball-Lacy

25 July 2018

Ateya Ball-Lacy wears many hats! She is Assistant Principal at G. James Gholson Middle School in PG County (go Mighty Knights!). She is an alumnus of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and has been a dancer and teacher with Kankouran West African Dance Company for over a decade. Ateya is also the founder […]

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